Director of Admissions

The Director of Admissions assists in achieving the ARCOM Mission through the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive student recruitment and communication plan to enroll a qualified and diverse entering class.  The Director of Admissions ensures the timely processing and completion of applications for admission, arranges and coordinates the interview process, and ensures distribution of application materials to the admission committee for review and evaluation.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide dynamic and creative leadership to the Office of Admissions, including the development and continual improvement of systems and processes designed to meet enrollment goals and in establishing a superior academic profile of the medical school’s entering classes.
  • Develop admissions policies that ensure consistent selection criteria, including parameters for selecting applicants to interview.
  • Strategic planning, administration and supervision of the implementation of all ARCOM admissions policies and office procedures.
  • Coordinate all activities involved with the interview and selection process of student applicants to the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Conduct annual Interviewer training and Admissions Committee training.
  • Maintain individual and summary records of applications, the admission review process and admission review outcomes for internal and external reviewers, including accrediting agencies.
  • Serve as the institutional liaison to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS).
  • Collaborate with the ARCOM Director of Marketing to implement a communications and visibility plan that strengthens the medical school’s reputation with professional audiences and its attractiveness to prospective medical students.
  • Work in cooperation with the Director of Marketing to execute marketing initiatives, manage constituent communications, oversee publications (print and electronic), and plan events to promote student recruitment.
  • Supervise and evaluate the performance of the Office of Admission’s staff annually or as indicated by policy, report evaluations to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, make recommendations for discipline, promotion and recognition of the staff and develop a culture of excellence, continuous improvement and advancement for each of the staff members.
  • Counsel prospective applicants, answer phone, e-mail and other inquiries.
  • Maintain and monitor inquiry, application, enrollment and retention records and statistics to identify enrollment trends for the purpose of maintaining appropriate enrollment levels.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Information Technology to ensure integration of admission data through an electronic process with the College’s data management systems.
  • Travel for recruitment (local, state, and national) to include delivering presentations to pre-med classes, clubs, and other interested groups at graduate and professional school fairs and job/career fairs for recruitment purposes.
  • Determine cost-effectiveness and recruitment yield of various recruitment activities.
  • Assist with Student Orientation.
  • Maintain a neat, professional office environment that projects a positive image to visitors of the College.
  • Interact effectively as a member of a team, work collaboratively with other departments and maintain a positive attitude.
  • Plan for and actively participate in team meetings to ensure existing and new or changing policies, procedures, and recruitment and retention initiatives are envisioned, communicated, and implemented effectively.
  • Work effectively with people who have diverse ideas and perspectives.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work as a group leader and group member; team player.
  • Attend conferences, workshops, seminars and webinars for professional development.
  • Maintain a personal and professional development plan to assure personal growth and continued competency within the field.
  • Demonstrate the highest standard of professionalism and ethical behavior in all aspects of personal and professional actions and performance.
  • Represent the ARCOM in a highly ethical manner in all recruitment activities on and off campus.
  • Demonstrate and role model an ongoing ability to work cooperatively with colleagues, supervisors and support staff.
  • Commit to the highest level of ethical behavior and refrain from conflict of interest or the perception thereof.
  • Protect the privacy of individual application records.
  • Provide service to the college community and students through serving on ARCOM and department committees, providing leadership, mentorship and expertise to students.
  • Participate in professional organizations or groups as assigned by the Associate Dean of Student Affairs.
  • Demonstrate adaptability and the willingness to assist the college in fulfilling its mission and vision through administrative duties and community service and/or perform special duties as assigned.
  • Advance the prestige of ARCOM through advancement of its mission and vision.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Associate Dean of Student Affairs or his/her designee.

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND CREDENTIALS

Education and Experience

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3 – 5 years progressive experience within college admissions

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree
  • Five (5) or more years progressive experience within college admissions
  • Previous admissions experience at a health professions college or medical school

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Ability to travel throughout the U.S.
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license and proof of insurance required. Must provide own dependable transportation.
  • Ability to work without close supervision and set one’s own priorities and work schedule
  • Familiarity with enterprise CRMs and Student Information Systems
  • Excellent planning, organizational, oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to utilize query and database tools to develop and produce accurate information and provide data analysis
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and to work in a high-volume, fast-paced, goal-oriented atmosphere, both independently and as part of a unified team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products including Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality

If you need assistance in the application process because of a disability, or for any other reason, please contact Barbara Jetton, Director of Human Resources, at 479.308.2291 or barbara.jetton@acheedu.org.